Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
In the immortal words of Noob Noob from Rick and Morty, “Goddamn!” Scott Snyder continues advancing The Totality arc in a new, exciting direction that will have you chomping at bit for the next issue.
I loved how this issue gives the Justice League more of a backseat. Instead, we get treated to the Legion of Doom’s perspective. The first couple of panels giving us some insight into Gorilla Grodd’s mindset were absolutely chilling, and they were excellent for setting the stage for what’s to come.
Lex Luthor’s plan went off without a hitch. Grodd is able to siphon off energy from the Still Force. Luthor and Joker have taken control of the minds of Superman and Martian Manhunter. And Sinestro now commands an entire army under the control of the ultraviolet spectrum. Normally, it would be at this point in the story where I have a pretty good idea of how things are going to shake out. But I’m at a loss for how the Justice League is going to come back from this one.
We’ll get back to the serious part of the review in a moment, but I’d be remiss not to mention the fact that Joker brought a chainsaw. It seems like a poor weapon, considering all the sound it makes before you can use it, to bring to a battle, but it nonetheless proves effective.
The writing is incredible in this issue. A chill ran down my spine when reading, “The pathogens shriek as they approach. Violin strings played with knives.” And of course, there’s that final image. Superman and Martian Manhunter are now under the control of the Legion of Doom. They look almost the same except for maniacal looks in their eyes and sinister smirks. It’s enough to make it crystal clear that we’re in the deep end of the pool now, and the League’s going to have one hell of a time trying to get out of it.
Overall Score: 10/10
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